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63 Ready-To-Use Maker Projects

348p. index. photos. ALA Editions. Oct. 2017. pap. $67.99. ISBN 9780838915912.
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Do you have a maker space at your library? Are you looking for new maker project ideas or expanding your favorite maker projects? Grab your 3-D printer, sewing machine, and laptop and start creating. This assortment of projects is well organized and easy to follow, with sections such as "Paper, Cardboard and Crafts," "Sewing and Textiles," and "Circuitry, Wiring and Wearables." Step-by-step instructions, descriptions, lists of necessary materials, and costs (which range from free to a few dollars per participant to several thousand dollars, in the case of more complex projects) are included, and readers will especially appreciate the description of learning outcomes. Whether readers are new to maker spaces or have been implementing them for years, they'll find these examples inspiring. Kroski offers fun options, such as holding an upcycled fashion show or creating magnetic slime—and patrons won't be able to resist the "chocolate lollipop" project (making a 3-D chocolate replica of their head). Recommendations for follow-up projects are provided after each entry, and the index is extensive. At times it's difficult to make out details in the black-and-white photos, but overall the images are helpful.
VERDICT Recommended for librarians, teachers, camp leaders, and those who run after-school programs.

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